Whether he's making a simply delicious salad or creating a cocktail fresh from the garden for Oprah and her friends, Eduardo Chavez knows how to squeeze the very best flavors out of fruits and vegetables.

Makes 2 drinks


  • 6 mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp. simple syrup (see directions below)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup watermelon cubes
  • 1/2 cup vodka


Total time: 20 minutes

To make simple syrup: Combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 cup water in a glass jar; seal tightly. Shake until dissolved. Refrigerate until needed.

Place mint leaves, 1 Tbsp. simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker; muddle the mint, pressing and twisting to release its oils. Add watermelon cubes and muddle until they're juiced.

Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously until very cold. Strain into 2 chilled martini glasses. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve.

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